In a rematch of last year’s thrilling double overtime game in Muncie, Ind., the Stetson Hatters (2-3) host the Ball State Cardinals (2-3) Sunday afternoon at the Edmunds Center.
On Dec. 4 last year, Victoria McGowan hit a three-point buzzer beater at the end of the first overtime, but the Hatters fell just short in a 78-73 double overtime loss at Ball State. McGowan recorded the first of her three triple-doubles on the season (26 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists), and came just two steals shy of a quadruple-double. Cherisse Burris helped get the game to overtime with a basket at the end of regulation.
"Ball State is a different team this year," Stetson head coach Lynn Bria said. "They have a new coach and they play a different style than they did last year. They run their offense very well. They are patient and they look for good shots. They don't have many players, but they play extremely hard. I've known (coach) Brady (Sallee) a long time, he's a very good coach, and he's got them going in the right direction."
Both teams are coming off of victories over Bethune-Cookman earlier this week. The Hatters defeated the Lady Wildcats 66-52 on Tuesday, behind a 27-point performance from McGowan. The Hatter senior scored 19 second-half points, including 13 in a row during a key stretch, to help lead Stetson to the 14-point victory.
Ball State, meanwhile, defeated B-CU 61-56 on Friday behind 18 points from freshman Nathalie Fontaine.
"Particularly against Ball State we have to be good defensively," Bria said. "We cannot allow them to gain some confidence early. We have to set the tone with our defense."
Stetson played its best defensive game of the year on Tuesday, limiting Bethune-Cookman to just 52 points. But the Lady Wildcats outrebounded the Hatters 38-32.
"I would like to see us rebound better," Bria said. "That is something we have worked hard on and it is something we have to do better than we did last game."
Stetson has hit 33 three-pointers in five games this year, the second-highest total in the league. Jama Sharp leads the team with 10 trifectas, while McGowan and Shanasa Sanders have hit eight three-pointers each.
The Hatters have won six straight and 18 of their last 19 games at home.
Fans can watch the game for free on HatterVision, or listen on the radio at 1230 AM in New Smyrna, 1490 AM in DeLand, or myam1230.com. Bill Topping and Dee Romine will have the call. Live Stats, the @StetsonWBB Twitter feed, and Hat-Alerts are also available for in-game updates.